Rovaniemi has been named the Official Hometown of Santa Claus, with the chance to see the famous man himself on every day of the year. Visit Santa Claus Village located on the Arctic Circle, attracting more than 500,000 international guests every year, where you'll have the chance to send a postcard back home directly from the North Pole, as well as visit the Father of Christmas himself.
From kids' runs to black slopes, you'll find skiing activities available for all manner of experience levels. This family-friendly sport is lots of fun, and terrain also includes snow parks and the opportunity to explore the backcountry. The ski season kicks off in late October, with the high season arriving from February until the snow melts in early May.
Appearing around 200 nights a year in Lapland, the northern lights, or aurora borealis, are a must-see attraction on your visit here. You're already in one of the best locations to catch a clear glimpse, so add it to your to-do list. Traditional ways of heading out for aurora spotting include snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and sled dog-touring. Or for something a little more different, try a spot of arctic ice floating, wearing a specially equipped thermal suit, take to the arctic waters and experience the northern lights while your body and mind tranquilly drifts, while remaining completely dry and completely warm throughout.
Head out on some of Finland's greatest rides! Choose to see the sights with a pack of excitable huskies, or complete your winter wonderland fantasy with a ride from Santa's reindeer. Both are equally thrilling ways to explore the incredible landscape of Lapland. Excursions range from a few minutes to safaris that last for a few days.
Arguably the most traditional method of transport around the wilderness of Lapland is the snowmobile. Whether you are a learner or a seasoned professional there will be a snowmobile adventure for you for every taste and every level. For those who are more environmentally conscious, there are also electric snowmobiles available in the Rovaniemi area.
The Arktikum is a museum and science centre in Rovaniemi and it also features a café and library. They offer northern nature, culture and history and the exhibition facilities are entirely underground. There is also a beach and gardens and the park consists of 7 acres of land on the banks of the River Ounas which is partly on a small island.
The Kemi Snow Castle is a landmark which is created every year since 1996. Seawater is the main ingredient used for the towers, walls and snow and ice sculptures. There is an ice restaurant, guided tours, a day spa, Northern Lights tours and lots of family-based activities and the SnowExperinece365 is there all year round.